[HELP] Downgrading to Windows 7

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    Is it worth the risk of downloading a Windows 7 Ultimate ISO, make a bootable USB, wipe out Windows 10 and install Windows 7 from bios?
    I have a Windows 10 HP laptop with x64bit architecture and I don't know if Win 7 Ultimate x64 will be compatible with my lap.
    Besides, my lap has a touch screen, and THAT's another problem with Windows 7 (don't know if will support it) and I don't even know if the drivers I have now will be compatible with Windows 7.

    I honestly can't tell if I'll be able to find each driver for Windows 7 Ultimate. I do not want two operative systems on one laptop. I just want Windows 7 Ultimate on this laptop and get rid of the cancer that Windows 10 is.

    Any advice here?
    What's the worst it could happen?
     
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    Windows 7 is no longer supported, by using it you leave yourself open to all sorts of exploits. So no.
    If you really hate Windows 10 that much and Classic Shell isn't doing it for you, it's time to go full Linux.
     
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    aww :(
     
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    That's not true, Windows 7 is supported with security updates until at least 2020, and longer for certain embedded variants. However you will likely encounter a lot of driver issues depending on how new your hardware is - could you tell us what processor is in your system? (Right-click the Start button and click "System" / Sistema / equiv)
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  6. Johnton
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    Is a so-so processor:
    Intel Pentium N3700 with 4 cores at 1.60Hz
    Windows 10 is consuming lots of resources ultimately (just by havin Windows Media Player and GIMP open)
    This is the main reason why I want to switch to the good old Windows 7 Ultimate.

    The drivers issue is the thing that worries me the most, as I'll have to search for each one that'll be compatible with Windows 7 x64
    I'm not too worried for the software I use as I use open software mostly.
    I'm also concerned with getting a new anti-virus as I believe that Windows Defender will not work with Win 7...
     
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  7. jsa

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    Windows 7 *can* run on your laptop although you'll need to put a bit of effort in.
    Firstly, you need to go into the UEFI BIOS and change some settings:
    - Open the Start menu
    - Click the power icon
    - Hold Shift and click Restart.
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    When a menu comes up, choose "Troubleshoot" -> "Advanced options" -> "UEFI firmware settings" (or equiv)
    The computer should reboot and then once you're in the UEFI settings menu, you need to disable "Secure Boot", and Save changes and Quit in the firmware.
    It should restart to Windows 10, now follow instructions here to install it from a USB; http://asrock.com/microsite/Win7Install/ this website explains it, you want to follow instructions for the Intel N3000 series / "Braswell" chip.
    When you install Windows 7, no need to format the drive just install over the Windows 10 partition (it should be a big one). This leaves all your data in a "Windows.old" folder on the hard drive.
    Hope this helps, and if this is your only computer I would suggest to use the Windows 10 "Media Creation Tool" (download from Microsoft website) to create a separate recovery flash drive in case anything goes wrong and you need to go back to Windows 10.
    Let me know if you need any more help!
     
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    AMAZING!
    Thanks! I will.
     
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    Partially true. The mainstream support has ended, and extended will end in January 2020.

    @op: while I understand you wanting to go back to 7 (heh... I just fixed that os on a laptop for my brother), I'd look into Linux as well. Beginner distros require much less technical knowhow than they used to and let's face it : the reason windows will run smooth is because it'll be a new setup. Within a few months, that'll have antics as well.
     
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